Sunday, May 16, 2021


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Author Bio & Review~
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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

A Bigger, Smarter, Hipper Family Craft Book

Move over, macaroni picture frames. Here are 100 stylish, inventive projects that promise endless hours of creative fun. From a rocket ship made with a body-wash bottle to an owl made from a juice box, there are ingenious uses for upcycled objects and materials on every page. This book is packed with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and basic crafting lessons (from pom-pom making to fabric dyeing) to help kids build a DIY arsenal. With lists of must-have tools and materials, a handy source directory, and more, this is the ultimate family craft bible!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from the publisher's website}:

Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid and the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine, where she oversaw all DIY content for the brand. Before joining Parents, Kingloff worked for lifestyle personality Katie Brown, producing and starring in Katie Brown Workshop on PBS, co-writing and co-crafting Katie Brown’s Weekends and Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining, ghostwriting Brown’s New York Times syndicated column, and more. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News Now, Lifetime’s I Do Diaries: Beg, Borrow, and Steal, and many local television news programs. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

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This book contains 100 cleverly-designed crafts using inexpensive and recycled objects. Some other materials such as craft glue, clay, paint, etc., will be used to assemble the crafts. Plastic bottles, oatmeal boxes, jars, stray socks, cardboard boxes, yogurt cups, cardboard tubes, and metal cans are just a few of the reusable objects used in these crafts.

The author includes some 'art' lessons wherein she teaches how to make clay, how to weave, how to make yarn pom-poms, and how to dye fabric. She sprinkles valuable tips throughout the book. The stepped-out photos of the projects are a nice size and are detailed.

As a former elementary school teacher, the thing I liked most about the projects included in this book is that the crafts are items that would be extremely appealing to children of all ages! Boys and girls alike would enjoy choosing projects to make from this book.

My favorite project in the book was the Dolly's Oven-Mitt Sleeping Bag. The designer shows children how to use a store-bought oven mitt to make a mini sleeping bag for their favorite softie or doll. Adorable! Other stand-out projects include the Garden-Party Terrarium, the ABC Flash Cards, Golf-Tee Top, Felt Fortune Cookies, Homemade Memory Game, Robot Bank--the list goes on and on.

I highly recommend this book as a resource for classroom teachers, scout leaders, church/temple youth group leaders, and moms/dads/grandmas/childcare pros. I borrowed this book from our local public library when I spotted it on the 'New Books' shelves a few years ago. I'm really glad I picked it up and read it! 

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 

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  1. This sounds like a fun activity book. I like that it uses recycled objects to create fun things.

  2. This sounds like an excellent book! The crafts sound excellent—I love the oven-mitt sleeping bag idea, and I'm also curious about the robot bank you mention. I can imagine kids will gobble these crafts up! Thanks for the great review!

  3. I like the idea of using recycled items. My son is a master at this. And the recycled oven mitt/sleeping bag project sounds really fun. This would be a great one for my nieces! Thanks for featuring it!

  4. I have a niece who would adore this book. She is constantly building something. I will alert the parents to head off to the library for this one. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

  5. This sounds great. You always manage to find such good books. The recycling angle is a bonus. Thanks for the review.

  6. What a fun summer activity book. Lots of things to find outside to help with projects. Love the clever oven mitt/sleeping bag idea. My summers were spent playing outside and doing craft projects.



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